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Celtic return to form to see them through Europa group

It’s Game Week Six in the Europa League, with groups still to be decided going in to the final round of matches.

Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers are amongst the clubs still fighting to qualifying for the knockout-stages, while former winners Sevilla are also still uncertain of their place in the last 32.

Hoops fans can play key role

After their European struggles in October, Celtic look to have rediscovered their form just in time to seal qualification from Group B.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions and, more importantly have won their last two Europa League matches against RB Leipzig and Rosenborg.

Those victories have left Celtic with their fate in their own hands going into their home clash with group winners Salzburg. If the Scottish champions avoid defeat, that will be good enough to see them through.

In front of a packed house at Celtic Park on Thursday, the Hoops will want to go through in style and a home win can be backed at 2.45.

Gers good enough to secure knockout place

Rangers will be desperate to join their city rivals in the last 32 and they know only a win in Austria will see them achieve that.

Steven Gerrard’s men have only lost one of their previous five Group G games, but too many draws have left the Gers needing an away win in their final match – with all four teams still in with a chance of qualification.

One thing that will give the Scots hope will be the recent home form of Rapid Vienna, who have failed to win any of their last three fixtures at the Allianz Stadion, while also failing to score.

Rangers, who beat Rapid 3-1 at Ibrox, are 2.95 to collect the three points and 4.70 to win to zero.

Sevilla to put on a show

Five-time winners Sevilla sit second in Group J and are still not certain of qualification going in to their final match against Krasnodar.

Pablo Machin’s squad (1.03 to win the match) have surprisingly lost two of their five matches to date – both were away from home (against Standard Liege and Krasnodar) – especially when you consider they are sat second in La Liga.

Their form at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is outstanding though, having collected eight consecutive wins on home soil – their last two without conceding a goal (Sevilla 2.40 to win to nil).

Sevilla (13.00 to lift the trophy this season) need to win the game to be certain of qualification and they will surely prove too strong for their Russian opponents.

Goals likely in Istanbul

Besiktas and Malmo meet in what looks like a winner-takes-all clash, with the two teams second and third respectively in Group I (Match Odds – Besiktas 1.58, Draw 3.95, Malmo 5.65).

The Turkish side are normally very strong at home, but they have lost two of their last five fixtures in all competitions at the Vodafone Stadyumu – including a 2-4 reverse against Genk.

Malmo go into the game unbeaten in their last 12 fixtures and have scored in the last 11. So the 2.80 on offer for over 1.5 goals looks good value.